Divine verses from sacred books of Hinduism are to be recited for invoking a connection to the universe and bless the occasion
Spanish Fork, UT
Hindu invocation will bring an aura of auspiciousness by reciting verses from the world’s oldest extant scripture to open the Spanish Fork City Council in Utah on June 6.
Rajan Zed, a prominent Hindu statesman will deliver the invocation from India’s ancient scriptures in Sanskrit. Post this, he will read out the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is a sacred language in Hinduism and is considered the root language of Indo-European languages. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion in the world with about 1.2 billion adherents mostly in India and about 3 million Hindus in the USA.
President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Zed will read out the holy text from Rig-Veda, the world’s oldest scripture followed and used in India. In addition to this, divine verses from the Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) will be recited for invoking a connection to the universe and bless the occasion. The prayer will begin and end with “Om,” a Hindu mystical syllable containing the universe, which is used before the start and after the end of an auspicious religious ceremony.
Zed’s recitation will include “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrityor ma amritam gamaya” followed by its interpretation as “Lead us from the unreal to the real, Lead us from darkness to light, and Lead us from death to immortality,” and Bhagavad-Gita urging the audience to keep the welfare of others in mind, always.
Zed, a global Hindu, and interfaith leader, has been conferred with the World Interfaith Leader Award. Mike Mendenhall, the Mayor, and Seth Perrins, the City Manager of Spanish Fork take pride in the progress of the city as the “safest city in Utah” where Hindu festivals like Holi are celebrated every year.